Sunday, 10 April 2011

More Lessers

Craig, Ian and I were back at Rossall this morning for a 0545 start. The weather was similar in that we still had a southeasterly, but there was a little more cloud cover. However, the day followed the same pattern as yesterday by becoming too windy by mid-morning to operate mist nets.

The diurnal passage was lighter this morning and on vis we had 20 Goldfinch, 130 Lesser Redpolls, 13 Woodpigeons, 83 Meadow Pipits, 3 Tree Pipits, Alba Wag, 3 Linnets, Swallow, 2 Collared Doves and a Siskin. There were very few grounded migrants other than Goldcrest, Blackcap, 4 Wheatears and a single Tree Sparrow.

We managed to ring 37 Lesser Redpolls (that's 102 over two days), Goldcrest and 3 Blackbirds. The only recapture we had was a Robin. We also controlled another Lesser Redpoll; L743076 anybody?

 Lesser Redpoll

Robin

Ian sent me some good comparison shots of the Mealy from yesterday alongside a Lesser and I have included two below. Also thanks to Wendy for the sausage butties this morning; superb!



2 comments:

Peter Fearon said...

Fantastic Redpoll numbers! Well done!

Fleetwood Birder said...

Thanks Peter.